1. Introduction

The groupware service, Oxford Nexus, now offers a wider array of features to enhance your daily working practices. The following table outlines these enhancements and contrasts this to Herald Webmail:

FeatureNexus web accessHerald Webmail
Email Service
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Calendaring
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Task Management
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Contact Management
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The Oxford Nexus email service is the local name for Microsoft Exchange Email. This system has a variety of feature differences depending on how you access it. To get the richest experience from using the system, you will need to be using Outlook email client on a Windows system. However, the system will work on lots of other platforms, email clients and web browsers although exactly what you can and cannot do depends on your setup.

The following set of tables outline the features available in Oxford Nexus and whether they are available on different clients and through the web.

1.1. Calendar Information

FeatureOutlook (Windows)
2003/2007
Entourage (Macs)
2008
OWA (Internet Explorer)OWA (non-IE browsers)
Oxford Nexus email service
View your calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create meetings and appointments Yes Yes Yes Yes
Check availability of attendees Yes Yes Yes Yes
Respond with Accept, Decline, Tentative Yes Yes Yes Yes
Respond with Propose New Time Yes No No No
Track attendee meeting responses Yes Yes Yes Yes
Make a calendar event "private" Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar month view Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar overlay mode No/Yes No No No
Display of multiple calendars Yes Yes No No
Import/Export calendar Yes No No No
Task integration on calendar No/Yes No No No
Share my calendar Yes Yes No No
Show time as busy Yes Yes Yes Yes
View a shared calendar (read-only) Yes Yes Yes Yes
View a shared calendar (read/write) Yes Yes No No
Add a delegate to your calendar Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add holidays to my calendar Yes Yes No No
Create a recurring event Yes Yes Yes Yes
Set a standard workday Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create group schedules Yes No No No
Email Rules
Create "Calendar Only" rule Yes No No No
Import "Calendar Only" rule Yes No No No
Create other email rules Yes Yes Yes No

Reference for some of the above data: Illinois State University

1.2. Email Features

FeatureOutlook
2003/2007
Entourage
2008
OWA (IE)OWA (non-IE)
Oxford Nexus email service
Access to other e-mail accounts Yes Yes No No
Out of Office Message Yes Yes Yes Yes
Set message priority Yes Yes Yes Yes
Request Delivery receipt Yes No Yes No
Request read receipt Yes No Yes No
Attachment preview No/Yes No No No
Recover deleted items Yes No Yes No
Set/Use multiple signatures Yes Yes No No
View full headers of a message Yes Yes Yes No
Use different email addresses in the 'from' field Yes Yes ? No

1.3. Contacts and Tasks

FeatureOutlook
2003/2007
Entourage
2008
OWA (IE)OWA (non-IE)
Oxford Nexus email service
View University address book Yes Yes Yes Yes
View Contacts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add Contacts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit Contacts Yes Yes Yes Yes
View tasks Yes Yes Yes No
View reminders Yes Yes Yes No
Create tasks Yes Yes Yes No
Edit tasks Yes Yes Yes No

1.4. Internet Explorer vs Other Browser Experiences

Feature OWA Light for
non-IE browsers
OWA Premium for
Internet Explorer
Spelling Checker Available Available
Reading Pane Not available Available
Accessibility for Blind
and Low Vision Users
Available Not available
Notifications and Reminders Not available Available
Weekly Calendar Views Available Available
Windows SharePoint Services
and Windows file share
Integration
Not available Available
Compose Messages by using
HTML
Only plain text is available
in Outlook Web Access Light
Available
Calendar Options Limited to the following features:
  • Show week numbers
  • Set the first day of the week
  • Select days of the week
  • Set day start and end times
Available
Arrange By Limited to a subset of choices,
depending on the folder type
Available
Right-Click Menu Not available Available
Drag-and-Drop Not available Available
Explicit Logon Not available Available
Type-down Search Not available Available
Resource Mailbox Management Not available Available
Appearance (Color Scheme) Not available Available
Voice Mail Options Not available Available

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